What’s it like to parent the world’s only nonuplets (nine babies born at the same time)?

The world’s first nonuplets – nine infants born at the same time – are celebrating their first birthday in “excellent health,” according to their dad.

Abdelkader Arby, a Malian army commander, explained that they’ve all started crawling now. Some people can sit up and walk if they hang on to anything. They are still under the supervision of the Morocco clinic where they were born. He said that their mother, Halima Cissé, 26, was doing well as well.

He expressed that it’s difficult, however it’s fantastic. Even though it might be exhausting at times, when you see all the infants in great health, [in a line] from right to left, they are delighted. They fail to remember everything.

He has just returned to Morocco for the first time in six months, accompanied by their three-year-old daughter, Souda. “I’m overjoyed to be reunited with my entire family – my wife, my children, and me.”

Mr Arby stated that they will only have a tiny birthday party with the nurses and a few individuals from their apartment complex. He explains nothing compared to the first year. They shall never forget this wonderful occasion.

The infants set a Guinness World Record for the most children born alive in a single birth. Mrs Cissé was flown to Morocco by the Malian government for specialist care prior to the birth on May 4, 2021.

Numerous births are dangerous, and in countries where abortion is permitted, mothers who have more than four foetuses at the same time are recommended to terminate some of them.

There is also a chance that the newborns will have health issues as a result of their early delivery, such as sepsis and cerebral palsy. Mrs Cissé and the kids are presently residing in a “medicalised flat” owned by the proprietors of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, where the infants were born.

Mr Arby explained that besides his wife, there are nurses here who help to take care of the kids. He added the clinic has given them a menu that indicates what to feed them at all times – night and day.

As per Mali’s health minister, Fanta Siby, the infants, five girls and four boys, were delivered at 30 weeks. At the moment of delivery, they weighed between 500g and 1kg (1.1lb and 2.2lb), according to Professor Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja clinic.

They were born via Caesarean section. Their boys’ names are Mohammed VI, Oumar, Elhadji, and Bah, while their girls’ names are Kadidia, Fatouma, Hawa, Adama, and Oumou.

According to their father, each of them has a distinct personality. Some are quiet, while others make a lot of noise and cry a lot. Some expect to be picked up all the time. They’re all quite diverse, which is completely natural.

Mr Arby also expressed gratitude to the Malian government for their assistance. He stated that the Malian government has put everything in order to care for and treat the nine infants and their mother. It’s not easy, but it’s lovely and soothing.

They have not yet visited Mali, but their father claims that they are already well-known in the nation. Everybody wants to see the newborns with their own eyes – their family, friends, our hometown, the entire country.

He also has a message for couples who want to start a family: “I pray that God blesses everyone who hasn’t yet had children so that they can have what we, the parents of nonuplets, have now. It’s lovely, a true gem.”

Congratulations to this big happy family. May this wonderful family be always surrounded with love, happiness and peace.

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